Rishikesh is a religious city of India, based in northern state of Uttarakhand, at the bottom of Himalayan Mountains near the Ganges River. The Ganga River is considered as a holy river of India and this Rishikesh city is the most popular center for practicing yoga and meditation. Here you can see many Temples and ashrams for spiritual studies. Rishikesh is a city of beautiful mountainous which also used as a Gateway to the Garhwal mountains, the city has a rich cultural past with the modernity. There are lots of things that tourist can do in Rishikesh from camping to eating at some amazing cafes. Here are some top things which you can do in Rishikesh.
What Rishikesh Known For
A perfect blend of tradition, spirituality and scenic beauty, Rishikesh is a place which attracts visitors from all over the world. Situated on the right bank of the river Ganga and surrounded on all sides by beautiful string of Shivalik hills, Rishikesh has been a destination attracting people from all across the globe because of her many traditional, cultural and spiritual facets and giving them a wonderful experience of a lifetime.
Rishikesh is known for various activities like Yoga, Sightseeing, White water river rafting, Spa, Meditation and more things. It is also called the Yoga capital of India, you can visit many places in Rishikesh and enjoy your trip while coming with family or solo.
The Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat is one of the amazing things to do in Rishikesh, you can watch the Ganga aarti at evening in Rishikesh.
The Adventure sports like River rafting, Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox and beach camps are also available in the Rishikesh, so it’s a complete package to make your trip for this place.
Things to do in Rishikesh :-
Visit Lakshman Jhula
According to historical past of India, it is said that the Laxman of the epic Ramayana made this bridge out of rope for crossing the Ganga river, with Lord Ram. It is a suspension bridge built across the Ganga river, located 5 kilometres from the Rishikesh city in the Uttarakhand state of India. The bridge connects two important villages, on the west bank is Tapovan and on the east bank is Jonk. You can go for a walk on the bridge in the evenings time and feel the fresh cold air coming from Himalayan mountains.
Witness Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat
The Ganga river is considered as the holiest river in India and aarti performed at the Triveni Ghat is a devotion of the people of Rishikesh towards the Ganga river. Everyday in the evening that area lights up with the aarti. After sun goes down, here you can witness many divas (lamps) are floating over the leaf boats in the Holy water of Ganga river. It is very amazing experience to seeing the Ganga Aarti at Rishikesh.
Go For Camping on the banks of the Ganga
Rishikesh has its rich cultural history with amazing Himalayan mountain range and the beautiful and holy river Ganga which flows from it. This city is perfect place to see modern and traditional era of India into one place. There are a lot of things that you can do in this city and camping near Ganga river is one of them. The Aspen Adventure Camp and Outbound Adventure Camp are two most trusted and well known operators in that area.
Go River Rafting
Rishikesh is located in the Himalayan range with Ganga river which flowing through it and makes the city an most ideal destination for river rafting. The river rafting is one of the most popular water sport activities to do in Rishikesh. The activity attract every adventure lover who want to feel the adrenaline rush. The speedy flowing water of Ganga river add a more excitement in the entire activity.
In Bungee Jumping activity you need to jump off from the edge of a railing with a suspended harness. The harness initiates a recoil until it fully stretched out. Rishikesh has highest bungee jump points in India, measuring about 84 meters. The bungee jump requires a basic fitness and pregnant women or people with blood pressure problems are mostly advised to avoid the jump.
Try the Flying Fox
The Flying Fox is a sport activity very similar to the zip lining. In this activity you have to sliding from two attached points along a horizontal drop. In Rishikesh, the activity is held over the Ganges by the different tour operators or companies, like Zipline Tour Adventures.
Go For Hiking
Rishikesh is also a land of picturesque valleys which filled with beautiful flora and fauna. This thing makes Rishikesh the perfect and most suitable destination for trekking or hiking. You can join trek to the base of Himalayas or to the some other places near rishikesh like Gangotri, badrinath and kedarnath. The Summer time is the best time to enjoy trekking here because winters can be really cool here.
Cliff jumping is the activity which involves jumping from a cliff which located at an altitude about 20 to 50 feet into the waters of the Ganga river. This is very adventurous activity which definitely not for the weak hearted. You can do this sport activity to get out the fear inside you or to show the fearless man inside you to your friends. This activity is doing under strict supervision. So if you anytime plan to visit Ganga river don’t forget to do this activity.
From many centuries Yoga has been a cultural part of Rishikesh. There are many yoga experts who will teach you some best yoga exercise in Rishikesh. Yoga is best for your health, it is not only provides a good physical fitness but also helps you to relax the mind and increase concentration power. Rishikesh is also known as the yoga capital of the world and lots of tourists from all over around the world come here to learn yoga. The Rishikesh Yogpeeth is one of the famous yoga centers in Rishikesh to practice yoga exercise.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple :-
Situated at a height of 1675 meters, on a hill above Swarg Ashram the Neelkantha Mahadev Temple is one of the most important shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Republic of India. In Hindu mythology, the temple stands at the exact spot where lord Shiva drank the Venom ‘halahala’ that originated after the churning of the ocean by the Devas and Asuras in order to obtain the Amrita or the elixir of life.
Visit Swaragashram :-
On the left bank of the river Ganges, is located one of the oldest Yoga ashrams in India. The Swarg ashram covers the whole area between the ram and the Laxman Jhula and was built in the memory of Saint Swami Vishudhanand. It’s a perfect place for people who seek solitude in this holy city. You can sit and meditate for hours near the private river banks which are totally devoid of any rituals found at the rest of the banks or just sit watching the sun rise from the Shivaliks, setting fire to the cold, glistening waters of Ganga.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram:-
Founded in 1942 by Pujya Swami Shukdevanand Ji Maharaj, Parmarth Niketan is an ashram located in Rishikesh. It’s the largest ashram in rishikesh with over a thousand rooms. Parmarth Niketan provides its thousands of pilgrims – who come from all corners of the Earth – with a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere as well as abundant, beautiful gardens. You can join the Yoga Meditation program in the Parmarth Ashram with many other peoples.
Geeta Bhawan is a large complex located at the banks of holy river Ganaga in Swargashram, Rishikesh. Huge complex of Geeta Bhawan has several discourse halls and over 1000 rooms for the comfortable stay of devotees free of cost. Geeta Bhawan is a major place for devotees from far away places as they get free stay during their holy dip in river Ganga with listening to discourses and meditation.
Madhuban Ashram is located at the sprawling suburb of Muni-ki Reti, literally “Sands of the Sages” traditionally considered as the gateway for the Char Dham pilgrimage to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. It is here that the Ganges leaves the Shivalik Mountains in the Himalayas and flows out into the plains of northern India.
14 Story Temple:-
14 Story Temple is a famous tourist spot and holy multi-storey temple located on the banks of river Ganga in Rishikesh. Also called up as Trimbakeshwar Temple in Rishikesh, this holy shrine has 13 storeys and each storey has several idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
The Beatles Ashram:-
In February 1968 the Beatles travelled to the Indian town of rishikesh to attend a session of transcendental Meditation at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It was this visit that changed the world’s outlook of Indian spirituality. This was considered to be the Beatles’ most productive time, they wrote various songs during this visit most of which gained huge media attention and commercial success. This ashram is now a part of Rajaji National Park and has to be entered through the same.
Vashishta Gufa is a famous attraction famous for meditation. Located at the bank of River Ganga, this gufa is situated at a distance of 16 km from Rishikesh. It takes about an hour’s drive on the Rishikesh Badrinath Highway to reach Vashishta Gufa.
For the adventure seeker, this place provides with camping facility. The Vashishta Gufa is situated in the middle of a grove of Gular (Ficus) trees and the slopes leading to sacred River Ganga. It is also famous for a linga, which is considered to be spiritual. It is believed that in the year 1928 and 1961 Sri Swami Purushottamananda Ji visited this gufa and now his ashram is located close to the Vashishta Gufa, where various devotes come for meditation.
At a distance of 1.5 km from Rishikesh Railway Station and 500 m from Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir is an ancient temple located in the heart of Rishikesh. This temple is also known as Hrishikesh Narayan Temple.
Located near the Badrinath Road, you will find the beautiful abode of all things Ayurvedic at the Herbal Garden. It is home to multiple parks that include Rashi Vatika, Nakshatra Vatika, Acupressure Park and many others. If you love plants and trees, especially herbal plants, then this garden is just the spot for you. You can grab a glass of fresh juice from the Natural Juice Centre near the garden and be on your way. There are also some great stops inside the garden with animal motifs and graffiti, which can be a great background to click pictures.
Neergarh Waterfall Rishikesh:-
Soak in the jade blue water of the Neergarh Waterfall, popularly known as Neer Gaddu. Feel free to enter the water and enjoy the rush of the waterfall. There are two bridges above the waterfall with some small shops lining the vicinity. Get some snacks to fill your stomach and head to the waterfalls to relax in the scenic beauty. Although we recommend you to make that trip in off-season because of it is usually crowded with tourists.
So these are some places you should visit in Rishikesh. Enjoy your Rishikesh trip by visiting the places in Rishikesh and you can also book a Rishikesh trip with us Gokeys Haridwar or just send your query to us rest we will do to make your trip amazing.